on 24 June 2002
Just when you thought the tired old blues genre had nothing original to offer, back comes Skip McDonald with his third and easily his best Little Axe album. After the experimentation of "Wolf That House Built" and the more soulful "Slow Fuse" album, all the potential is realised this time round. The genius of this record is that it remains faithful to the old blues tradition without compromising 21st century production values. Jaw-dropping blues samples (Moby, eat your heart out) allied with memorable tunes make for probably the best blues album of the year. The real standout tracks are "Tight Like That" (simply inspired) and "Walk Right Shoes" but, to be honest, with the exception of one unexciting instrumental, these are all winners. Roll on the next album.
on 26 May 2002
It's been a long hard wait since the last Little Axe CD, "Slow Fuse" (1996). While that developed musical themes heard in the first CD "The Wolf that House Built" (1994), "Hard Grind" goes in an altogether darker blue, deeper, dubbier direction. Like nothing you've heard before, it rewards repeated listening. If you are a fan of Adrian Sherwood, Skip MacDonald and pals then you have probably bought this already. If not, buy this CD and start an interesting musical journey.
For me the only fault of this record is that there isn't a dub version too.
on 22 May 2004
Brilliant fusion of Blues and dub reggae , that works really effectively. Heavy dub effects, loops and echos, howling guitar, samples of blues singers, groovy beats, truly innovative.